How easy is it to manipulate someone's mind, do you know? Common interests, common target points then make way for mob mentality, making it more easier to manipulate people at a mass level.
On the grounds of capitalism, wanting to be rich, on the grounds of diets, wanting to be slim, on the grounds of motivation, wanting to be inspired, on the grounds of followers and likes, wanting to be famous…
It is so easy to manipulate anyone's mind, and those that understand this, then take advantage of it. If one is not aware of their true needs and wants, their true meaning of life, love and happiness, then they keep falling for these traps again and again.
It then becomes a cyclical chain.
For example, you eat something which tastes good for the moment, but unhealthy for the body. You then have to go on a fad diet/ taking shortcuts to become healthy. You spend a ton of time and money on consultations, courses, classes, etc. to get your workout in place, your diet in place, but you don't feel motivated to carry on. Sooner or later, you now opt for someone to motivate you, either through a seminar or a personal consultation, or any other form. That cyclical chain then affects other areas of your life until you have fallen for every trap possible.
Instead, you could have opted to not eat that unhealthy thing.
A simple example can then be applied to every phase of your life, and it is then for you to realize how many traps have you fallen into by now.
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A to Z of Building your Mind - a series where every letter of the alphabet represents a letter, character trait, or a skill that you can use to build your mind. You can follow the episodes here.
INSTAGRAM: Looking back at 2020. Check out the post here.
my weekly recommendations of What To Read, What To Listen, and What To Watch.
What To Read:
Part human, part machine: is Apple turning us all into cyborgs? Read more here.
The Age of Infinite Leverage. Check it out here.
There’s a Scientific Reason Why Indian Food Is So Delicious. Read about it here.
Netflix explains how it uses AI to sell you on a show. Read more here.
This Japanese 80% diet rule can help you live a longer life, says longevity researcher. Read here.
What To Listen:
On Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast, Melanie Perkins on how Canva got its humble beginnings and how she handled all the no’s that they heard over the years.
Check it out here.
Ajay Banga, the CEO of Mastercard, on whether the company he’s helped build can keep up with Silicon Valley — and with the social consciousness of the next consumer generation, on the Sway Podcast. Listen here.
Check out the podcast, Mafialand, where they explore the world of India’s mini-mafias with us, as we blow wide open the corruption and crime that lies at the heart of our daily lives. Check out the podcast here.
Cyrus Broacha and Sanjay Jha get into a frank discussion about the new political reality in India, the Indian National Congress party’s pitfalls and what he feels they need to do to fix them, the ideological contrasts that are the BJP and the Congress parties, Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi, the power of good Hindi to be a politician in India, future possible leaders for the Congress, and lots lots more, on the Cyrus Says podcast.
Listen to it here.
On F1: Beyond the Grid podcast, George Russell talks racing against close friends, getting Toto Wolff’s attention, and more. Listen here.
What To Watch:
How Chocolate is made inside Cadbury’s chocolate factory? Watch it here.
The history of the idea of Capitalism. Watch here.
Watch the Tamil film, Soorarai Pottru here, what an inspiring and uplifting film. Highly recommended.
The composer of the theme song of the tv show, Succession breaks down the creation and the thought process behind creating it. Check it out here.
You can check out the previous editions of The Last 7 Days – here.
Here’s some of the interesting news I came across this week:
“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
Governments, politics, weather, laws, economy, corporations domination, pandemics are things not in our control. What is in our control is, what do we do irrespective of all of those things.
When there is nothing else to blame, then it is us, ourselves who are left for the blame.
2021 can only be better if we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, or else things keep happening to make this year worse too.
Thank you for your time, honestly and I shall see you next week with the 21st edition of the newsletter.